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Jersey Royal Potatoes - 500g

Jersey Royal Potatoes - 500g

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In around 1880, local farmer Hugh de la Haye is reported to have had an unusually large potato with 15 or 16 eyes. History relates that whilst discussing the potato with friends, they decided to cut it up and plant the pieces on a côtil above Bellozanne valley in the centre of the Island.

One of the shoots yielded a kidney-shaped potato with very thin skin as opposed to a standard round one, and so the Jersey Royal was born.

Recognising the unique shape of the new potato, it was first marketed as the Jersey Fluke, and it commanded a premium price on the wholesale markets. The addition of 'Royal' and the dropping of the name 'fluke' came in towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign when imperialism was widespread, and many things were termed 'royal'.

From those early beginnings, the Jersey Royal is today the most significant agricultural export of the Island with around 35,000 tonnes sold annually.

Jersey Royal's are grown in accordance with the Soil Association standards and the farm receives an annual independent organic audit as required. Under the strict organic guidelines set by the Soil Association, only two crops of Jersey Royals can be grown in a four year period.

It has taken many years to build up the natural fertility and bio-dynamics in many of the organic soils, and careful management is critical to maintain reasonable, economic yields. In addition, we work with a number of the Island’s organic dairy farmers and swap land on an annual basis to aid with crop rotation and maintain fertility.

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